Hey, gang!

I'm supposed to interview Paul Levitz about his upcoming Legion of Super-Heroes run (his third -- and the second time he's followed Jim Shooter!) for Comics Buyer's Guide. So what should I ask him?

In other interviews he's stated that he's picking up with the original Legion as established by Geoff Johns in "The Lightning Saga" and "Superman and the Legion of Super-Heroes" in the Super-books, and to a lesser degree, Final Crisis: Legion of Three Worlds.

For those who have forgotten, Levitz wrote "The Great Darkness Saga," the most reprinted Legion story. He also wrote the Legion (in his second run) not only up to Crisis on Infinite Earths, but after -- right up to Keith Giffen's "Five Years Later" around 1989 or 1990. So he wrote the death of the "pocket universe" Superboy, was involved in the many attempts to reconfigure Mon-El as a Superboy substitute (Valor), plus the introduction of a number of post-Silver Age Legionnaires, like Myg, the second Karate Kid; Kent Shakespeare; Laurel Kent (later revelead as a Manhunter); Quislet; and so forth.

And a further reminder: FC: L3W established that the "Zero Hour" Legion would become a new Wanderers (between dimensions, and without XS, who will be in the new series), and the Mark Waid Legion returned to its own timeline/dimension (which is different than the original Legion's).

I know, I know, it's complicated. But I understand it, because I was reading throughout. And I'm sure Levitz understand his own runs through 1990 pretty thoroughly, and can pick up basically from his last story (with whatever updates Johns made in the three stories mentioned above) -- he probably won't mention post-1990 developments that are the bread-and-butter of younger fans.

So what questions would help you folks understand better? Are there certain characters you really want to know about? What elements of the original run are you interested in seeing picked up? What Five Years Later or Zero Hour or Mark Waid bits would you like to see (re-)introduced to the new run?

And so forth. Let me know, Legionnaires, what you want to know about that OTHER Legion!


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The problems with the reboots were the changes made were either superficial or overly *clever* e.g. name changes like Live Wire or Colossal Boy power is shrinking to 6 feet tall. They followed basically the same path as the first (ahem true) history of the Legion in less time. Events such as Lightning Lad losing an arm, the involvement of a Superboy or the death of Ferro Lad occurred at a rapid pace with any new elements being trivial or soon removed.

So Paul Levitz has to continue with older Legionnaires. If he starts at the beginning with how Cosmic Boy, Saturn Girl and Lightning Lad met, he has a clean slate for new readers but just another reboot in the long run.
Oh, here's a question -- though it's probably too trivial to ask. In the Meltzer/Johns JLA/JSA/Legion crossover (I don't have them handy right now; I think it's the scene where Superman looks at the statues of the Legion), there was a mention that there some sort of technology connection between Red Tornado and Wildfire. I'm hoping this was some sort of mistake -- I'd just like a little reassurance that Wildfire isn't an android, like that story hinted.

Other than that, and far more importantly -- which characters will the series focus on, at first? Are there any Elements that Johns put into the Legion backups that he specifically asked for, to set up his own stories? and the most pressing issue of all: Will there be Gates?
"What was the best lesson you learned from Dick Giordano?"
Any chance of Kieth Giffen drawing an issue? Or Steve Lightle or Greg Laroque?

Any plans for a Legion Secret Files & Origins?
ClarkKent_DC said:
"What was the best lesson you learned from Dick Giordano?"

Along that line: "What was the best lesson you learned from Julius Schwarz?"

"... from Jeanette Kahn?"

"... from Jim Shooter?"

"... from Gil Kane?"

"... from Curt Swan?"

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